Search engines are designed around automation, thus they use web crawlers to find and index new sites. This system works well in most scenarios and new websites are usually indexed by Google within a few weeks, yet it is not flawless. Without links directing the bots to your site, they may have difficulty finding it. That is why we suggest manual submission of your sites to at least Google and Bing. After submission, it may still take two to four weeks for your site to be indexed.
There are some cases in which it is very highly recommended to submit your site to the search engines. They are:
- Launching a brand new site: when a new site is launched, it may take days, maybe weeks for the crawlers to find it. Submitting the site manually might lead to your site being crawled sooner. It is important to note that it may not always be the case.
- Notably updating a page: When a page’s content has been changed substantially, submitting it to the search engine could make the page be re-indexed sooner. It is generally better than waiting for the next scheduled visit from the crawlers, which could take up to six weeks.
- Incomplete indexing: there are some pages on your site that for some reason were not indexed. You can manually submit the page.
If any of these apply to you, read further to find out how to register a site with Google. First of all, you will need to have a Google account that you will use to connect to the site. Since Google discontinued its URL submission tool, the only way to submit a site for indexing is by adding a sitemap to the Search Console. Please keep in mind that in order to submit one, you must first prove ownership of the site.
A sitemap is a list of all pages that belong to a domain. These could be generated using plugins and sitemap generators or written manually. Once you have a sitemap ready, you will need to submit it via the Search Console. Follow this path:
Search Console > Select your property > Sitemaps
In the “Add a new sitemap” field, paste your sitemap’s URL and click on ‘Submit’. If you have multiple sitemaps which could result from certain plugins, simply repeat the above process. Once the sitemap(s) has been added, Google will then send its army of spiders your way.